Literature: "Stepping on the Cracks" by Mary Downing Hahn
This site provides information on the book “Stepping on the Cracks” as well as biographical about Mary Downing Hahn. There are also activities involving the home front during World War II. Bibliographic information about other novels by Mary Downing Hahn is also included. eThemes resources on World War II for Elementary Students and an Author Study with Mary Downing Hahn are also included.
Mary Downing Hahn website
Mary Downing Hahn's website provides biographical information, author awards, FAQs, and a complete bibliography.
Homefront Families Simulation
This site helps students gain insight into the events which influenced the homefront during World War II.
Getting Involved in War
Through activities on this site about "Getting Involved in War", students will learn reasons why the United States entered World War II.
United We Stand: Using Magazine Covers
This site provides an activity on life on the home front during World War II. Students will demonstrate their understanding of how magazine publishers promoted national unity.
Mobilizing Children-World War II
This site provides a lesson on what home life was like during World War II. A brief video of Disney War cartoons is provided for discussion along with artifacts such as "America at War" trading cards.
Within These Walls... Houses, Families, 200 Years of History
This is an interactive site that demonstrates a house's history from 1752-1945.
Book Review and Rating
See this student review of the book, "Stepping on the Cracks" as well as student ratings of the book. NOTE: The site contains ads.
Home Front World War II
This site provides activities to teach students about life at home during World War II. NOTE: This site contains ads.
Here is a student-created project based on the book, "Stepping on the Cracks."
eThemes Resource: World War II for Elementary Students
These websites are about World War II. Learn why the war started and what life was like for children during the war. Includes games, quizzes, videos, and audio interviews with World War II veterans. There are links to eThemes resources on the Holocaust and the 1930s.
eThemes Resource: Author Study: Mary Downing Hahn
Read about the author and her many books. There are excerpts from the books, reviews, activities, discussion guides, and lesson plans. Includes links to eTheme resources on Mystery Writing, Mystery Books, and Historical Fiction.
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